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HOA tells Florida Army veteran to take down Puerto Rican flag in front of home

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 11:05:36-04

A community is coming together in support of a Florida Army veteran who was told by her homeowners association to remove the Puerto Rican flag flying outside her house.

WFTV reports that Frances Santiago of Kissimmee was flying the flag in support of the fight to get Puerto Rico's governor removed.

Frances Santiago spent 14 years as an Army medic, including two tours in Iraq.

The Rolling Hills Estates HOA reportedly asked her to remove the flag or possibly face a fine.

“I fought for this, to be able to do this. So, I don't see a problem with flying my flag here,” Santiago told WFTV.

WFTV says the HOA bylaws outlaw all flags. However, the board made an exception for American flags, sports flags and flags used to honor first responders and fallen officers.

Santiago requested an exception and was denied without any explanation being given.

An online petition posted Tuesday night has more than 1,500 signatures.

The HOA released a statement saying that it "treats all owners the same and the board is following regulations."